On this Day:
In 1995 ,”The Woman in Me”, the second studio album by Shania Twain was released and becomes Billboard Album of the Year in 1996.
Eilleen Regina “Shania” Twain OC (August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist in country music history and one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Her success garnered her several honorific titles including the “Queen of Country Pop”. Billboard named her as the leader of the ’90s country-pop crossover stars.
Raised in Timmins, Ontario, Twain pursued singing and songwriting from a young age before signing with Mercury Nashville Records in the early 1990s. Her self-titled debut studio album was a commercial failure upon release in 1993. After collaborating with producer and later husband, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Twain rose to fame with her second studio album, The Woman in Me (1995), which brought her widespread success. It sold over 20 million copies worldwide, spawned eight singles, including “Any Man of Mine” and earned her a Grammy Award. Her third studio album, Come On Over (1997), became the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. Come On Over produced twelve singles, including “You’re Still the One”, “From This Moment On”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” and earned Twain four Grammy Awards. Her fourth studio album, Up! (2002), spawned eight singles, including “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”, “Ka-Ching!” and “Forever and for Always”, selling over 20 million copies worldwide, also being certified Diamond in the United States.
In 2004, after releasing her Greatest Hits album, which produced three new singles including “Party for Two”, Twain entered a hiatus, revealing years later that diagnoses with Lyme disease and dysphonia led to a severely weakened singing voice. She chronicled her vocal rehabilitation on the OWN Miniseries Why Not? with Shania Twain, released her first single in seven years in 2012, “Today Is Your Day”, and published an autobiography, From This Moment On. Twain returned to performing the following year with an exclusive concert residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Shania: Still the One, which ran until 2014. In 2015, she launched the North American Rock This Country Tour, which was billed as her farewell tour. Twain released her first studio album in 15 years in 2017, Now, and embarked on the Now Tour in 2018. In 2019, she started her second Las Vegas residency, Let’s Go! at the Zappos Theater.
Twain has received five Grammy Awards, a World Music Award, 27 BMI Songwriter Awards, stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. According to the RIAA she is the only female artist in history to have three (consecutive) albums certified Diamond by the RIAA and is the sixth best-selling female artist in the United States. Altogether, Twain is ranked as the 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era. Billboard listed Twain as the 13th Greatest Music Video Female Solo Artist of all time (42nd overall) (per Wikipedia).
First, a Story:
Shania does her thing and Shania’s estranged husband does another and never the Twains shall meet.
Second, a Song:
“The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian country music singer Shania Twain. It was released in August 1995 as the third single and title track from her album The Woman in Me. The song was written by Mutt Lange and Twain. The song became Twain’s third top-twenty hit at country radio. It was released to radio in August 1995, following the success of her previous single “Any Man of Mine”. Despite not being able to crack the top-ten “The Woman in Me” was still included in Twain’s 2004 Greatest Hits package. Twain has performed “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)” on the Up! Tour, in a video interlude for the Now Tour and in a medley for the Come On Over Tour.
The music video for “The Woman in Me” was shot in Cairo and Saqqara, Egypt and directed by Markus Blunder. It was filmed during the first week of July 1995 and released on August 9, 1995 on Country Music Television. In the video, Twain is riding around on a horse through the desert by the pyramids and riding a boat down the Nile River. She is also shown walking around through ancient ruins, revealing her famous navel. To achieve the slow-motion movement while still keeping Shania’s performance in sync with the audio, the song was sped up and performed at twice normal speed during shooting. In 1996, the video won the Favorite Video of the Year award at the Golden Pick Awards. The video is available on Twain’s DVD The Platinum Collection (per Wikipedia).
Here is the music video for “The Woman in Me” by Shania Twain. I hope you enjoy this!
Thought for the Day:
“It’s important to give it all you have while you have the chance.” – Shania Twain
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